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June's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - Ringworld by Larry Niven

Please join us as we discuss Ringworld by Larry Niven, winner of the 1970 Nebula Award and the 1971 Hugo and Locus Awards. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 288 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. This is our morning discussion session. Our afternoon session can be found here.

From Amazon:

Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Mike

    Great discussion! Nice to be around real sci-fi fans.

    June 23, 2014

  • Kent

    I love it when we mildly disagree! We end up getting SO much more grist for the discussion mill. Also, this is one of those books that I kind of took for granted. I liked it enough - but pretty much dismissed some of the larger themes. I think Speaker to Animals was the most dynamic character - and actually laughed at many of his lines. Thanx to all for expanding my appreciation (and mortification at some parts!) of this novel. Glad I read it - glad I attended this very lucid discussion! Morning Group ROCKS! = : )

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Bill K.

    This week there was much diversity in the ‘like, maw, not’ survey. It really prompted tremendous discussion about all aspects of the book. The one topic that brought everyone together was “the luck of Teela Brown.” It was pretty universal that there was an incredible dislike for the ‘non-character’ of Teela’. One expressed it clearly referring to thoughts during Teela’s falling into one of the dark holes, of “please, just die!” I learned new literary terms (at least I’m calling them terms..) Chekhov's gun and ‘Big Dumb Object’ (BDO) both of which generated a good bit of discussion. One example was the movie “Armageddon” described as the single movie marking the destruction of modern cinema and liking it as to having shingles. Plenty of amusing viewpoints but much more serious discussions about the about aspects of the book like the limited (ok, I’m being nice) development of female roles, role of editors, and aspects of science fiction publishing in the 60-70”s.

    2 · June 22, 2014

  • J

    I'm opening up a morning slot. I can't make it this time...

    June 20, 2014

  • Debbie H

    I'm in the afternoon session for Ringworld but need to change to the morning session. Anyone willing to swap?


    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Vijay

      No need; we were able to get you into the morning session without a swap.

      June 20, 2014

    • Debbie H

      Thanks. Looking forward to seeing everyone then.

      June 20, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, just one last reminder to please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you can't make it, to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend and to avoid incurring a no-show. Thanks, and see you on Sunday!

    June 20, 2014

  • Jeffrey

    Sorry -- fluctuations at work are playing havoc with my schedule. RSVP changed, regretfully.

    June 18, 2014

  • Kevin

    Loved the book. Would have loved the discussion... Gotta work :(

    June 16, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, now that we're less than a week out, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    June 16, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying the book. Unsurprisingly for a classic such as this, we have a fairly deep waitlist. If your availability has changed or does change, please update your RSVP as soon as possible to give others a chance to attend. Thanks!

    June 11, 2014

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